Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics of governing natural resources in Ghana: Towards inclusive development?

Briefing No. 15 In Ghana, the manner in which political power is contested tends to increase the incentives of ruling elites to politicise public institutions and distribute resources according to political criteria. This briefing sets out the ways in which power and politics in Ghana

Transparency on extractive industries and the problem of shrinking civic space

        11 March 2016 Anthony Bebbington   During the last week of February 2016, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  (EITI) swept into Lima to hold its Global Meetings.  Alongside the formal meeting programme, civil society organisations, compa

The politics of governing oil effectively: A comparative study of two new oil-rich states in Africa

Working paper 54 Download pdf Sam Hickey, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Angelo Izama and Giles Mohan Abstract The challenges facing developing countries with new-found natural resource wealth are generally understood in terms of whether they have the institutions of ‘good governance’ required

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Kojo Asante

29th October 2015  What is your background and how did you come to be at ESID? I first came to the UK in 1998 to study law.  I qualified as a barrister, but after two years at a solicitor’s practice I realised law wasn’t for me. I did a Masters in African Studies in the US

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

Working Paper 49 Download pdf Giles Mohan and Kojo Pumpuni Asante Abstract Ghana’s recent status as an oil producer focuses attention on the relationship between domestic politics and transnational actors. While the political settlements literature is useful for focusing on how elite

The political settlement and oil in Uganda

Working paper 48 Download pdf Sam Hickey with Badru Bukenya, Angelo Izama and William Kizito Abstract The capacity and commitment of Uganda to govern its oil in developmental ways has generally been discussed through a ‘new institutionalist’ prism that focuses on the dangers of the ‘r

Dr Denise Humphreys Bebbington

Role Denise Humphreys Bebbington is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Assistant Research Professor at the Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDSC) at Clark University, USA. She is Lead Researcher on ESID’s politics of natural resources

Professor Cynthia Sanborn

Role Cynthia Sanborn is Vice President for Research at the Universidad del Pacífico (CIUP) and Professor of Political Science at the same university. She is lead researcher on the ESID Politics of Natural Resources project in Peru. Research Cynthia has written and edited articles and

The “nature” of political settlements: extractive industries and the politics of inclusive development

03 February 2015  By Anthony Bebbington Clark University, University of Manchester As a geographer, the idea that the relationships between humans and the environment are central to problems of development and social organisation is hardly alien to me. Yet in development studies and p